B0ycey wrote:Mental illness is just that Pote. You can treat it with drugs and observe the behaviour because chemical processes within the brain act and do certain things which are known through experimentation. You may not see a 'healing' like a broken leg, but like all things that are not visual, effects can take other forms and in terms of mental illness that is usually with behaviour.
But this doesn't address the epistemological problem, B0ycey. All we can observe is behaviour
. The mind itself is not directly accessible to observation, unlike the body. And inferring from expressed behaviour that there is a 'mind' with component parts and an internal structure (by analogy with the body) which can become 'ill' (again by analogy with the body) is actually a huge leap of logic. It's bordering on a category error.
Although AS had mentioned hallucinogenics already once today about how bad they are. And knowing that side effects can last a long time with them and that he said he hears voices makes me think this thread is clarification for him that things are normal. My only advice is keep off the shrooms AS.
As AS pointed out, we all 'hear voices'. The difference is that, to a psychotic or a schizophrenic, those voices are not under their own control, but feel alien
. It is this self-alienation which is abnormal, and is probably why psychiatrists used to be called 'alienists'.
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